Monday, December 04, 2006

Famine

I probably read five or six articles on climate change per week. This one in particular, however, really struck me. I'm posting it for all of you to read. First, though, take a look at this map of North America with the projected wheat-growing regions in 2050 compared with now. Jesus.

Map of North America. Image: BBC

Here's the article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6200114.stm

4 comments:

Diana M. Gauvin said...

Aside from the obvious and terrifying risk of famine, and the side-effects possible if all our grains end up being genetically engineered... I think there is also a financial implication, non? If the US suddenly loses its breadbasket, that's yet another commodity necessary to life as we know it that either becomes imported or, at least, more expensive.

John Mulligan said...

The classic The End of Nature by Bill McKibben talks about the total shift in values associated with our overtechnologization of the world in which we live, that essentially there is no such thing as a romantic "natural" nature apart from us humans.
And he means it seriously and concretely, too: we've changed the planet to the point where we need to change it more to adapt to the nature we've created. Yeah, we'll definitely be growing genetically modified wheat, and our meat is going to come from vats because it's vastly more efficient.
Reminds me of Marx on about denying the poor access to the means of subsistence so they have to enter into the capitalist system. Diana's right, if we're designing our food, we're going to be paying for it: just one more way in which our lives will be very dramatically and overtly systematized.

Le Capeur said...
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Le Capeur said...

At long last, the Upper Peninsula will flex its muscle.